Dining Room Chairs: Review & Recommendations

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Welcome to our large dining room chairs test 2020, where we present all the dining room chairs we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the web.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best dining room chairs for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page, which you should pay attention to if you want to buy dining room chairs.

The most important facts in brief

  • The matching dining room chairs can visibly embellish and enhance your dining room.
  • They are available in various materials such as wood, leather or plastic, which match many different styles.
  • The type of chairs can also vary. From armchairs, upholstered chairs and cantilever chairs to the more classic high-back chairs, you can choose according to your personal taste.
  • In addition to the material, style and comfort, the correct chair dimensions must also be considered so that the dining room chairs match your dining table.

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  • The best dining chair with armrest
  • The best high-backed chair
  • The best upholstered chair

The best dining chair with armrest

The Bently Home Retro dining chair is a white armchair in the shape of a bathtub at a solid price. Its seat is made of plastic with a matt finish layer, making it very easy to clean. With its four beech wood legs it is a real eye-catcher with an eye-catching design.

The height of the chair is 82 cm, the width 47 cm, the depth 42 cm and the seat height 43 cm. It is also versatile and can be used not only in the dining room, but also in the office or lounge. His customers are convinced by the design and the price-performance ratio.

The best high-backed chair

The Milano dining chair from Albatros is a chic and practical high-back chair at an average price. The number and colour of the chairs can be chosen freely, so you can choose your own set. Besides its modern form it is above all very comfortable and offers a high seating comfort.

In terms of weight it is very light and can easily go crazy, which can be advantageous in everyday life with children. In addition, the seat is made of a hard-wearing artificial leather cover that is easy to wash and clean. All in all, the chair scores very well with its buyers, as it not only looks modern, but is also convincing in terms of price.

The best upholstered chair

The upholstered Coavas dining chairs in velvety soft Velvet fabric are super comfortable and available in sets of 2 at a slightly above average price. The sponge cushions and low backrest provide a high level of seating comfort and the four metal legs with printed wood grain provide a stable stand.

The rubber feet at the end of the legs protect the floor from scratches. Its ergonomically curved design and simple, sleek lines make the Coavas dining chairs a truly stylish eye-catcher in top quality.

Guide: Questions to consider before buying dining chairs

What material are dining room chairs made of and what styles are there?

Dining room chairs are available in all materials and in all styles. Which material and style you choose naturally depends on your personal taste. The individual materials also have their own characteristics and advantages. The most common materials are:

Solid wood
Woven fabric
Velvet
Leather or imitation leather
Plastic
Rattan

An old classic among dining room chairs are certainly chairs made of solid wood. The very robust, durable and sustainable material brings a piece of nature into the room and provides a timeless, rustic and warm interior.

Upholstered solid wood chairs are particularly suitable for ensuring pleasant seating comfort during long table rounds. Otherwise, seat cushions or soft pads are also recommended.

Solid wood has a calming effect in the home, which promotes concentration and demonstrably improves the indoor climate. It is also said to have an anti-allergic effect, as its open pores prevent the electrostatic charging of dust.

But also upholstered chairs made of various woven fabrics have their advantages. For example, they are available in a wide range of colours and patterns and are also very comfortable.

Chairs made of plastic shells or combinations of plastic and solid wood or metal legs have become very popular because they not only look classy, but are also particularly resistant to cracks and dirt.

In addition to the different materials, there are also differences in style. Sometimes dining chairs are slim and elegant, sometimes they are robust, rustic or heavily upholstered. You can distinguish the following styles:

  • country house style
  • Modern style
  • Scandinavian style
  • Industrial Style
  • Natural Style
  • Glamour-Stil

While the country house style, the Scandinavian style and also the industrial and natural style tend to rely on nature-loving, playful and often nostalgic elements, such as leather or solid wood chairs, the modern and glamorous style is more straightforward and luxurious. Upholstered velvet chairs are i

Which chair dimensions should I pay attention to?

First of all, it is important to know that there is no such thing as the correct or perfect chair size, as we are all different and do not conform to any one standard.
Nevertheless, there are chair measurements that you can pay attention to and that should always be considered in relation to your dining table and your height. After all, everything should fit together.
For the seat height, the width, the seat depth and the height of the chair as a whole, the following guide values are decisive

Which dining chair goes with which table?

Dining chair and dining table should ideally form a unit and fit together well. The matching dimensions, the shape of the table but also the design play an important role.

For example, if you have a dining table that is designed with braces or frames, then cantilever chairs are probably not the right choice. At least not if you also want to place chairs at the head of the table, as the front runners of the cantilever chair will then hit the runners of the table and cannot be moved close to the table.

Even with armrests, it is essential to pay attention to the height of the armrest and the height of the lower part of the table, so that you can easily push it under the table.

In terms of design, all combinations are now possible. For example, if you have a solid wooden table, not only wooden chairs, but also modern plastic chairs with wooden legs or even upholstered chairs in different colours will fit. A mix of different types of chairs is also possible and can brighten up your dining room.

Which chairs you choose for your dining table is entirely up to you, according to your own preferences. You should measure the table and the chairs in any case.

Where can I buy dining room chairs?

Basically, you can buy dining room chairs both in furniture stores and in various online shops.
On the Internet, however, you will find a larger selection of different materials, combinations and finishes and can order from the comfort of your own home.
Popular shops for the purchase of dining room chairs are for example:

home24.com
wayfair.com
made.com
xxllutz.com
ikea.de
poco.de
amazon.com
otto.de

How much are dining room chairs?

Depending on the quality, workmanship and material, there is a fairly wide price range from about 15 to over 200 euros when buying dining room chairs. Consequently, chairs made of high-quality materials such as solid wood or genuine leather are considerably more expensive than those made of plastic.
In addition, dining room chairs are often also available in sets of 2, 4 or 6, so that the price also fluctuates.
There are no price differences between the different types of chairs, because, as already mentioned, the price is more about the material and the workmanship.

What alternatives are there to dining room chairs?

There are basically three alternatives to dining room chairs.

Bar stool
Bench
Folding chairs

Barhocker

A kitchen chair is usually used in an open kitchen with a counter or higher table. It is therefore a higher seat with a seat height of about 100 cm. It is available for turning, fixed and in all materials and designs. From leather seats over wood to plastic or metal.

Such barstools are a real eye-catcher, especially in open kitchens where kitchen and dining room are one.

Bench

The bench is a sophisticated seating arrangement that has developed over time into a great alternative to chairs and armchairs. Not only do they look pretty, but they are also extremely practical. Because especially at larger family celebrations or similar events, the bench can often accommodate more people at the table than chairs. These often take up a lot of space. In addition, the guests sit much more comfortably and cosiness returns.

You will find benches in the most different variations and also matching your dining room chairs. For example, you can choose between upholstered benches with backrests or a natural wooden bench in vintage or country house style.

Folding chair

Another alternative to classic dining room chairs are folding chairs. As the name suggests, these chairs can be folded up for easy storage or hanging. They are especially practical when several guests are visiting and the usual dining room chairs at the table are not sufficient. So they can be folded up in no time at all and placed anywhere.

Nevertheless, folding chairs are not as comfortable as, for example, upholstered dining chairs. They are therefore rarely used as a full dining room set and are more often found in gardens or on the balcony.

Decision: What types of dining room chairs are there, and which ones are right for you?

If you want to buy dining room chairs for your home, you can basically choose between the following four types:

  • Armchair
  • upholstered chair
  • Cantilever chair
  • High backrest

All four variants offer seats for your dining room. However, the different types each have advantages and disadvantages. With the following section we would like to make your purchase decision easier.

What distinguishes an armchair and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Armchairs are characterised by their particularly comfortable seat, as you can lean back and put your arms up. Their design and their slightly wider shape give them a very cosy appearance.

Chairs with armrests are available in a wide range of variations. Whether made of wood, upholstered, velvet or with a plastic seat shell – there is something for every taste.

Advantages

High seating comfort through armrests
Available in many variants
Visually very comfortable

Disadvantages

Width Dimensions
Fewer seats at the table possible
Chairs do not always fit under the table

However, due to the wider dimensions and the armrests that influence the height of the chair, there is a risk that the chairs cannot be pushed under the edge of the table. In addition, fewer places at the table can be accommodated.

Before buying, you should definitely compare the dimensions of the armchairs with the dimensions of your table to ensure optimal adjustment.

What distinguishes an upholstered chair and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

If you like to sit together with your family and friends at the dining table a little longer, then an upholstered chair is definitely the right choice.

In this type of chair, the seat and backrest are usually lined with foam. The cover is either woven fabric, velvet or imitation or genuine leather, if you like it very high quality. Depending on the thickness of the upholstery it is also called a dining room chair.

Advantages

Especially soft seating comfort
Available in many variations and styles
References can set colour accents

Disadvantages

Usually take up a lot of space
Cannot be stacked

In addition to the particularly soft seating comfort, a major advantage is that you can set accents with the covers, which are available in a wide range of colours and patterns. There are also no limits when it comes to style. So they are available in country house style as well as in elegant or modern style.

However, these chairs take up an enormous amount of space and cannot be stacked. This means that the chairs can only be stowed away or moved slightly.

What distinguishes a cantilever chair and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

In a cantilever or swinging chair, the typical four legs are replaced by runners, so that the chair does not have any rear legs. Due to this special construction, the chair gives way when you sit down and a springy sitting feeling is created.

The frame is usually made of steel so that it can easily support a load of 80 kg or more. However, overweight people should not necessarily prefer a cantilever chair. The backrest is usually a high backrest so that you can lean back comfortably.

Advantages

Springy seat feeling
Very noble
Goes well with modern style

Disadvantages

Does not fit to all styles
Not optimal for overweight people

The seat is usually made of upholstered artificial leather or a woven fabric. Its straightforward and straightforward design is best suited to modern interiors. For example, a cantilever chair can look very elegant with glass tables. But if you prefer rustic furniture in vintage style, then you are probably not a fan of cantilever chairs.

What distinguishes a high-back chair and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

High backs are dining room chairs with a high backrest, which offer a lot of seating comfort for leaning against. In addition to their elegant appearance, high-back chairs are just as comfortable and cosy. That is why they can be found in many dining rooms.

Depending on the style and type of furnishing you choose, high-back chairs are available in various materials and styles. If you prefer a more rustic look despite the noble and straightforward form, the solid wood versions in oak, birch or walnut may be the right choice. If you like it modern, there are also upholstered versions with a leather or fabric cover.

Advantages

Noble and straightforward appearance
comfortable and cosy
available in several versions

Disadvantages

Armrests are usually missing
Not as comfortable as armchairs

Nevertheless, most of them do not have armrests, so that the comfort is not quite as pronounced as with armrest chairs. In addition, the backrest can become uncomfortable in the long run, for example if it is made of wood and very straight.

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate dining room chairs based on these factors

In the following you will learn which aspects you can use to evaluate and compare dining room chairs. This will make it easier for you to decide among the many possible models.

In summary, these criteria are as follows:

  • Komfort
  • Material
  • Stil
  • Dimensions

In the following paragraphs we will explain to you what the individual criteria depend on and how you can classify them.

Komfort

An important factor when buying your dining room chairs is comfort. Especially if you spend a lot of time at the dining table, the chairs should be as comfortable as possible. Decisive criteria for this are:

  • upholstered or unupholstered
  • with armrest or without armrest
  • slanted or very straight backrest
  • high or low backrest

There is no question that an upholstered chair is much more comfortable than an unupholstered chair and an armrest also improves your sitting comfort.

So if you want a very comfortable chair, pay attention to the criteria mentioned above when buying. An upholstered armchair with an inclined backrest seems ideal.

With a low or very straight backrest, it can often be very uncomfortable if you sit on the chair and lean on it for a long time.

Material

Another purchase criterion is the material of the chairs. Dining room chairs are available in many different materials. The following table summarizes the most common types of materials with their respective properties.

Which material you finally decide on depends on your personal taste, your budget and your other equipment.

Stil

Style is also important when buying your dining room chairs. There is a wide range of different styles. No matter what style you like, there are dining room chairs to suit every taste.

The most popular styles for dining room chairs with their special features are the following:

  • Modern style
  • Scandinavian style
  • country house style
  • Industrial Style
  • Natural Style
  • Glamour-Stil

The Industrial style is probably the most striking of the styles and lives from furniture made of rustic wood, dark leather or combinations with black lacquered metal feet. Vintage style plays a particularly important role here, creating a cool loft atmosphere like in old factory buildings or workshops.

Dimensions

Also the measurements are not essential when buying dining room chairs. Here you should pay particular attention to how much space your dining room offers and what kind of dining table you have. Your height is also important.

If your room is rather small and your table does not allow for wide chairs, you will have to opt for slimmer chairs, such as simple high-back chairs or folding chairs. If you are very tall and have long legs, too little seating depth can be uncomfortable.

Therefore, be aware of the dimensions of the seat height, width, seat depth and height of the chair and carefully measure your dining table and the table’s surroundings before buying so that everything fits together in the end.

In the guidebook section you can read the individual guide values again.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about dining room chairs

Which dining room chairs fit into small rooms?

In small rooms with little space not all types of chairs are useful. Therefore, stacking and folding chairs are best suited there. These can be easily stacked on top of each other or folded together and can be stowed and reassembled in no time at all. Wider dining room chairs with armrests, for example, differ here

Which dining chairs are suitable for cat owners?

If you have a cat, you know that they like to scratch the furniture. So also at the dining room chair. Especially with expensive chairs, e.g. made of leather or wood, it is super annoying if they are scratched after a short time.

Therefore chairs made of microfibre or plastic are recommended for cat owners. These materials are generally the least susceptible to marks and scratches.

Also chair covers or covers are a great alternative so that the chairs are not damaged by your cat. If they are dirty, they can also be washed in the washing machine.

How do I clean or care for my dining room chairs?

Every material needs its individual care and cleaning. While leather, wood and plastic are rather insensitive to stains and can simply be wiped off with a dry or slightly damp cloth, upholstered chairs with fabric or velvet covers need a different kind of cleaning. These should be vacuumed with a special upholstery brush in the direction of the nap every now and then.

In addition, there are individual care products for the individual materials, such as leather oil or Ledererm

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